Preferisco questa festa a tutte le altre ricorrenze di stampo americano, Halloween in testa (lo so che è di origine europea, ma è dall’America che è venuta come moda in questi ultimi anni). Tornando al Giorno del Ringraziamento trovo che questa sarebbe una bella trazione da importare: una volta l’anno sarebbe importante ringraziare per tutto il bene ricevuto e lasciare da parte per un giorno ciò che non va nella vita.
Ho trovato qualche poesia per bambini a tema:

Thanksgiving Observance by Author Unknown

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

Giving Thanks by Author Unknown

For the hay and the corn and the wheat that is reaped,
For the labor well done, and the barns that are heaped,
For the sun and the dew and the sweet honeycomb,
For the rose and the song and the harvest brought home –
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the trade and the skill and the wealth in our land,
For the cunning and strength of the workingman’s hand,
For the good that our artists and poets have taught,
For the friendship that hope and affection have brought –
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the homes that with purest affection are blest,
For the season of plenty and well-deserved rest,
For our country extending from sea unto sea;
The land that is known as the “Land of the Free” –
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

Per chi non ricordasse l’origine di questa festa

PILGRIM POEM

Many years ago the Pilgrims came.
They sailed on a ship – the Mayflower was its name.

They sailed across the Atlantic blue,
So they could worship the way they wanted to.

Many people died along the way,
And the first winter was hard they say.

The Native Americans were already here.
They helped the Pilgrims plant corn and hunt deer.

They all got together to share food and pray,
And that’s why we celebrate Thanksgiving Day!

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